Thursday, July 10, 2014

Will the International Community at least Hear the Cries of a Silly Leftist?

י״ג לחודש הרביעי תשע״ד

I was directed to the following Facebook status, which was posted on Life In Israel.

Gershon Baskin ((Hebrew: גרשון בסקין‎), born in NY in 1956) Is the founder and Co-Chairman of IPCRI - Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information, (in 2014 IPCRI was "rebranded" by its new co-directors and now stands for "Israel Palestine Creative Regional Initiatives") dedicated to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of "two-states for two peoples" solution.[1] He is a social and political activist and a researcher of the Israeli Palestinian conflict and peace process. Baskin is a columnist for the Jerusalem Post. Baskin holds a Ph.D. in International relations from the University of Greenwich.

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Even though the commenter on Life In Israel, who suggested that Baskin was full of himself, and taking more credit than he deserves, is probably right, this is an interesting post. It is just the kind of attitude and post that one would think would turn heads and change minds. But, it won't.

Esau hates Ya'aqov and Yishmael hates Ya'aqov.

We stand alone. We need to accept this already, and accept that our faith needs to be in The Almighty, and not in the "international community's" acceptance and validation of our existence

Hopefully, it will not take too much more of an increase in pain to get this though our thick skulls.

We need to stand on our own two feet. This will be difficult, but in the long term, good for us, both psychologically and spiritually.

In the meantime, Basking should be applauded for his efforts. Yep! That's right, applauded for his efforts. Even a silly leftist can get credit for attempting to save Jewish lives....

Even if it is for the wrong reasons.


Neshama said...

He's a jerk! On the level of a Hasid shoteh!

Sammy Finkelman said...

I think Khaled Mashal is no longer no in charge of Hamas. So how did his message get directed to him? That's perhaps the most interesting thing about this.

I think this was a useful exercise, although the outcome was just about completely predictable.

It should be noted that Aaron Klein told John Bachelor that many of the missiles being sent into Israel don't have explosives or very much explosives.

It seems like somebody in Hamas doesn't really want to create a mass casualty event.

May Hashem Yisborach protect them as much as they are protecting Jews, even if this is being done for selfish reasons - but not more than that.

Esser Agaroth said...

Neshama, I think you're being too kind. ;-)

Sam, Thanks for stopping by.

Regarding your first two lines, absolutely!

Next, I know that Aaron Klein has the valid connections to find out such information. But, I wonder why this is, if it's true. Are they saving it up for later?

Last two lines: Curiouser and curiouser....

Sammy Finkelman said...

I found out that Khaled Mashal apparently really is still considered the leader of Hamas - by a newspaper anyway. He's in Qatar, home of al-Jazeera and very friendly to Hamas.

Aaron Klein said that some of these rockets, even if they hit, would not do much damage. The people he was talking to thought that this was a top-level decision by Hamas not to risk so much damage so that there would be an invasion.

On the radio I believe he said something about some of the missiles not being armed. I didn't catch it completely.

This should be the podcast that contains that:

In writing I only can find this from Aaron Klein:

The officials explained Hamas fears the damage a ground operation will cause to its terrorist apparatus and has been careful for now not to escalate the conflict with a game-changing attack that would leave Israel with no choice but to mount a ground offensive.

Here he says Hamas is avoiding a mass casualty attack by not launching a barrage of missiles at the same time at Tel Aviv, possibly too many for Iron Dome to handle at one time..

I don't know if it actually the case that some rockets are missing explosives. Warheads also get destroyed by Iron Dome.

And it could be incompetence.

If something is being deliberately left out, it might very well not be a high level decision. It could also be a form of corruption - not that somebody is selling the explosives, but they are kind of dangerous, so someone working for Hamas or Islamic Jihad etc. might think it was safer not to handle it and get rid of it quickly. (Some have exploded in their workshops.)

I mean, who's going to check, after the rocket goes out?

Esser Agaroth said...

A friend of mine suggested that they are currently going for distance over damage. Fear factor?

Explosives add weight to the rocket.

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